HAVE SOME RECORD LABELS BEEN PAYING TO PLAY WHAT HAVE BECOME
SOME OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY�S BIGGEST HITS?
And: Why Hollywood is Holding Its Breath on Anthony Pellicano
A 30-Minute �Primetime� Airs Thursday, February 16 at 10:30 p.m., ET
Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and John Mayer are some of the biggest names in music. But have record labels behind them paid to get their songs -- and the songs of many of today�s biggest stars -- played on the radio? �Payola� -- paying to have records played on radio -- seems as old as the recording industry itself. But New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says the practice, though changed, has remained an important part of the music industry. Spitzer�s two-year investigation has already produced settlements with two of the largest record companies, Sony BMG and Warner Brothers, in which the companies have agreed to pay substantial fines and to change certain promotion practices. Now Spitzer tells Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross that his investigation has turned to the radio stations that he says have been willingly accepting payola in return for increased airtime for certain songs. Key to the investigation are internal record company emails that Spitzer says reveal payment and deals for airtime for songs such as J-Lo�s �Get Right� and Celine Dion�s �Goodbyes.� And Ross gets reaction to the scandal from the music industry�s biggest stars. �Primetime� airs THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (10:30-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
And: Private Eye Anthony Pellicano made a name for himself digging up Hollywood�s biggest secrets, but now he�s the one being investigated and facing over 100 federal charges. Chris Cuomo reports on the alleged massive wire-tapping scheme that centered on Pellicano that might reveal Hollywood's darkest secrets and implicate some of the leading lawyers in show business and their celebrity clients.
DIANE SAWYER, CHRIS CUOMO, CYNTHIA McFADDEN and JOHN QUINONES are the anchors of �Primetime.� DAVID SLOAN is the executive producer.